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Mi-8 helicopter crew, passengers evacuated
Bad weather conditions prevented evacuation of the crew and passengers from the Mi-8 helicopter emergency landing site on Kamchatka for the second day on Saturday. The military helicopter made the emergency landing near Kalagir Lake on Kamchatka on January 22. It is snowing there now, and the wind is strong. The three crewmembers and two officers who were aboard the Mi-8 are now at a base of the Kamchatka Airline and have everything necessary, sources in the headquarters of armed forces in northeast Russia told Itar-Tass. The helicopter belongs to the forces. The Mi-8 is about 100 kilometres northeast of the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky near the Shipunsky Peninsula. The military plan to evacuate the people by own forces to Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky. Three helicopters are on standby to carry to the site technical specialists and a group from the military prosecutor's office that is investigating the incident. The evacuated people feel well. The military helicopter made the emergency landing near Kalagir Lake, about 100 kilometres northeast of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, on January 22. The Mi-8 was damaged, but the people aboard were not hurt. The three crewmembers and two officers were not evacuated from there until this Saturday because of the snowstorm. The people found shelter from the bad weather in a Kamchatka Airlines base. The special flight security service and the military prosecutor's office have begun an investigation into the emergency-landing incident.
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